Rotting fish on WA beach ‘like having a dump near Uluru’

Photo: The Department of Health is warning people not to swim in the water or eat fish caught in the marina.

For the past 14 years, rotting seaweed has infested the town’s harbour, being pushed in by winter storms and depriving the water of oxygen, resulting in large scale fish kills.

The Department of Health is warning people not to swim in the water or eat fish caught in the marina.

“We had a live bait tank on our boat with live fish in it and we’d come back to the marina and the fish would jump out of the tank - they’d rather die on the deck than be in that water.

We had a live bait tank on our boat with live fish in it and we’d come back to the marina and the fish would jump out of the tank - they’d rather die on the deck than be in that water.

Ian Stiles from the Jurien Bay Marina Action Group says the smell is unbearable and is deterring tourists from visiting the town’s popular reef marine park.

“They’re not going to come into the shop if they know the marina is dying or has this fish kill so it affects us in so many ways, not just us but also the town”.

Mr Stiles says he believes a lack of maintenance at the marina has allowed the channel to get narrower, trapping the polluted water within the bay.

The Department of Transport says it will continue to monitor water quality, while planning and environmental approvals are in progress for the dredging works.

One of the biggest kills was in November 2013, when thousands of fish were found floating dead in the water or decomposing on the shore.

Read more here: ABC

    

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